Discipline Equals Freedom by Jocko Willink Cover

Discipline Equals Freedom - By Jocko Willink

Date read: 
May 5, 2019
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My Thoughts

Short read for when you're in need for a quick dose of motivation. Lots of truisms and maxims, but not a lot of substance. Read 'Do The Work!' by Steven Pressfield instead.

Summary Notes

The shortcut is a lie. The hack doesn’t get you there. #Shortcuts

There is no easy way. There is only hard work, late nights, early mornings, practice, rehearsal, repetition, study, sweat, blood, toil, frustration, and discipline..

To train brutally and without mercy so we could fight brutally and without mercy.

Discipline comes from within. Discipline is an internal force. Sure, you can have discipline imposed on you by a person, like a drill instructor, or that self-help guru on TV, but the reality is: He won’t give you real discipline.

You want to improve?
You want to get better?
You want to get on a workout program or a clean diet or start a new business?
You want to write a book or make a movie or build a house or a computer or an app?
Where do you start? You start right HERE.
When do you start? You start right NOW.

Stop researching every aspect of it and reading all about it and debating the pros and cons of it. Start doing it.

The only person you can control is you. So focus on making yourself who you want you to be: Faster. Stronger. Smarter. More humble. Less ego.

One. Small. Decision. At. A. Time.

I am nothing but weak. I am not naturally strong, or fast, or flexible. I am certainly not the smartest person in the world.

A person’s strength is often their biggest weakness. But, their weaknesses can become strengths.

I am weak but I don’t accept that.

Humans can withstand almost inconceivable stress—and you can too.So that is your first step: Gain perspective.

Stress is generally caused by what you can’t control.

If the stress is something that you can control and you are not, that is a lack of discipline and a lack of ownership. Get control of it. Impose your will to make it happen.

It is never finished.
You always have more to do.
Another mission. Another task. Another goal.
And the enemy is always watching. Waiting. Looking for that moment of weakness.
Looking for you to exhale, set your weapon down, and close your eyes, even just for a moment.

Discipline starts with waking up early.

Discipline is about facing your fears so you can conquer them.
Discipline means taking the hard road—the uphill road.

When you don’t understand a concept—break it down until you do.
When you don’t know how something works—dig into it until you do.
Ask every question that comes to mind.
That is how you learn.

Is this what I want to be? This? Is this all I’ve got—is this everything I can give? Is this going to be my life? Do I accept that?

Get after it.
You are going to move fast.
You are going to think fast.
You are going to outthink and outmaneuver the enemy.

The people who are successful decide they are going to be successful. They decide to study hard. They decide to work hard. They decide to be the first person to get to work and the last to go home. They decide they are going to take on the hard jobs. Take on the challenges. They decide they are going to lead when no one else will.

They choose who they are going to hang around and they choose who they will emulate.

Going through the motions is okay.
Lift the weights.
Sprint the hill.
Work on the project.

We get one shot at this gig right here: Life. One life—that’s all we’ve got.

Step up.
Be the one who people look to.
Absorb the impact—and the negativity.
Draw fire—yes: Draw fire. I can handle it when others cannot.
When bad things are happening—I will be the one good thing—standing tall—that can be relied upon.

No more excuses.
No more: “I’ll start tomorrow.”
No more: “Just this once.”
No more accepting the shortfalls of my own will.
No more taking the easy road.
No more bowing down to whatever unhealthy or unproductive thoughts.

Don’t count on motivation.
Count on Discipline.

I will look at others who do achieve greatness in a category, and I will say: Look at what is possible. How close can I get to that greatness?

Be the best you can possibly be.
Better than you were yesterday.
Better than people thought you could be.
Better than you thought you could be.

We are taken apart, slowly.Convinced to take an easier path.Enticed by comfort.Most of us aren’t defeated in one decisive battle.We are defeated one tiny, seemingly insignificant surrender at a time that chips away at who we should really be.

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